Surprise choice for Lib Dems’ PR vacancy

The Liberal Democrats have filled their director of press and broadcasting role more than four months after it fell vacant.

The Liberal Democrats have filled their director of press and

broadcasting role more than four months after it fell vacant.



Elizabeth Peplow starts at the party’s Cowley Street office in

September, the same week leader Charles Kennedy delivers a keynote

address at the party’s conference in Bournemouth.



Peplow is serving notice as assistant editor on Horse and Hound

magazine, where she has worked for seven years.



Although Peplow is not known to be a party activist, as an SDP member

during the 1983 general election and has been involved in the party in

its various forms since then.



While this is her first job in political PR, she worked for the British

Telecom press office between 1987 and 1990. A three-year stint as a

senior news reporter on the Henley Standard led her to Horse and Hound

in 1993.



Peplow will report to chief whip Paul Tyler, responsible for all

parliamentary staffing issues within the party.



She is expected to work closely with communications director David

Walter.



In the four months the party was without a press and broadcasting chief,

Walter assumed a more hands-on role.



When Peplow takes the reins Walter will focus on broader presentational

issues, including party political broadcasts.



Peplow replaces Jeremy Browne, who left the Lib Dem post to join Edelman

PR Worldwide earlier this year (PR Week, 21 April).



Leader, p8.



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